Ashley Griffin, University of Kentucky

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Horse Touch

The sense of touch is one of the most developed and important for the horse in terms of human interaction. The nose, lips, mouth, and possibly the ears are the most sensitive areas to touch. Although hooves do not respond to touching, various parts of the hoof are able to feel touch.

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Horse Smell

Horses have a highly developed sense of smell, and they use their ability to distinguish different odors in their everyday lives.

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Horse Taste

Numerous research studies have been carried out on horses' taste preference. What researchers have found is that the sense of taste in horses is probably not as important as the sense of smell, and it is difficult to separate behavioral responses that are due primarily to taste from responses caused by the olfactory sense.

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Horse Vision

Horses have very large eyes with very large pupils. The eyeballs are placed toward the side of the head, giving horses a wider field of vision.

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Horse Hearing

A horse?s hearing is much keener than ours. They use their hearing for three primary functions: to detect sounds, to determine the location of the sound, and to provide sensory information that allows the horse to recognize the identity of these sounds

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Horse Body Language

Understanding the behavior and body language of horses can keep you and others safe while working with horses. This article provides some common body language signs and signals, along with descriptions or translations of each.

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Horse Senses

The senses are an important part of what makes horses behaviorally distinct. They are the tools that a horse uses to interact with its environment. This article discusses how horses use their five senses to interact with their environment.

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Safe Loading Practices for Horses

When loading a horse in a trailer, it is important to recognize and carry out safe loading practices. It is your job to make the loading experience pleasant for the horse and safe for the handler.

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Storing Hay and Grain for Your Horses

Here is helpful advice both on how to store hay to main quality for horses and on how to store grains for best results.